Douglas Reeman
Douglas Edward Reeman, born 15 October 1924 (age 87) at Thames Ditton
Thames Ditton
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, is a British
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 who has written many historical fiction
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 books on the Royal Navy
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, mainly set during either World War II
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 or the Napoleonic Wars
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Reeman joined the Royal Navy
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 in 1940, at the age of 16, and served during World War II and the Korean War
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. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant
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. In addition to being an author, Reeman has also taught the art of navigation
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 for yacht
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ing and served as a technical advisor for film
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s. Douglas married Canadian Kimberley Jordan in 1985.

Reeman's debut novel
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, A Prayer for the Ship was published in 1958. His pseudonym
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 Alexander Kent was the name of a friend and naval officer who died during the Second World War. Reeman is most famous for his series of Napoleonic naval stories, whose central character is Richard Bolitho
Richard Bolitho
The Bolitho novels are a series of nautical war novels written by Douglas Reeman . They focus on the military careers of Richard Bolitho and Adam Bolitho in the Royal Navy, from the time of the American Revolution past the Napoleonic Era.-Richard Bolitho:Richard Bolitho is a fictional Royal Navy...

, and, later, his nephew, Adam. He also wrote a series of novels about several generations of the Blackwood family who served in the Royal Marines
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 from the 1850s to the 1970s, and a non-fiction account of his World War II experiences, D-Day: A Personal Reminiscence (1984).

World War II novels

Title Original publication Reference
A Prayer for the Ship 1958 ISBN 0515057835
Dive in the Sun 1961 ISBN 0091113008
The Hostile Shore 1962 ISBN 0099078805
With Blood and Iron 1964 ISBN 0091056608
HMS Saracen 1965 ISBN 0099062607
The Pride and the Anguish 1968 ISBN 0090874404
To Risks Unknown 1969 ISBN 0090975200
Rendezvous - South Atlantic 1972 ISBN 0091092701
His Majesty's U-Boat
(also named Go In and Sink!)
1973 ISBN 0399111956
ISBN 0091146208
The Destroyers 1974 ISBN 0091199409
Winged Escort 1975 ISBN 0091247403
Surface with Daring 1976 ISBN 0091276306
Strike from the Sea 1978 ISBN 0099187809
A Ship Must Die 1979 ISBN 0091381509
Torpedo Run 1981 ISBN 0688001335
The Volunteers 1985 ISBN 0091600707
The Iron Pirate 1986 ISBN 0773721053
In Danger's Hour 1988 ISBN 0434626325
The White Guns 1989 ISBN 0434626341
Killing Ground 1991 ISBN 0434626384
Sunset 1994 ISBN 043462635X
A Dawn Like Thunder 1996 ISBN 0434002151
Battlecruiser 1997 ISBN 0434002917
For Valour 2000 ISBN 0434007196
Twelve Seconds to Live 2002 ISBN 0434008745
The Glory Boys 2008 ISBN 9780434013524

The Blackwood Saga

aka The Royal Marines Saga
  • Badge of Glory (1982) (1st in plot sequence)
  • The First to Land (1984) (2nd)
  • The Horizon (1993) (3rd)
  • Dust on the Sea (1999) (4th)
  • Knife Edge (2004) (5th)

Other settings

  • High Water (1959)
  • Send a Gunboat (1960)
  • The Hostile Shore (1962)
  • The Last Raider (1963)
  • Path of the Storm (1966)
  • The Deep Silence (1967)
  • The Greatest Enemy (1970)

Richard Bolitho novels

(written under the name Alexander Kent)
  • Richard Bolitho, Midshipman
    Richard Bolitho, Midshipman
    Richard Bolitho, Midshipman is a novel in The Bolitho Novels, a series of nautical fiction novels set during the late 18th century in the Royal Navy by Douglas Reeman writing under the pseudonym Alexander Kent. The book was published in 1975...

  • Midshipman Bolitho and the 'Avenger'  (1978)
  • Band of Brothers (2005)
  • Stand Into Danger (1980)
  • In Gallant Company (1977)
  • Sloop Of War (1972)
  • To Glory We Steer (1968)
  • Command a King's Ship (1973)
  • Passage To Mutiny (1976)
  • With All Despatch (1988)
  • Form Line of Battle! (1969)
  • Enemy In Sight! (1970)
  • Flag Captain (1971)
  • Signal - Close Action! (1974)
  • The Inshore Squadron (1977)
  • A Tradition Of Victory (1981)
  • Success to the Brave (1983)
  • Colours Aloft (1986)
  • Honour This Day (1987
  • The Only Victor (1990)
  • Beyond The Reef (1992)
  • The Darkening Sea (1993)
  • For My Country's Freedom (1995)
  • Cross Of St. George (1996)
  • Sword of Honour (1998)
  • Second to None (1999)
  • Relentless Pursuit (2001)
  • Man of War (2003)
  • Heart of Oak (2007)
  • In the King's Name (2011)

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